EMERALD netballer Bianca Butler has big shoes to fill later this month, when the youngster lines up alongside 143 of the best junior players the state has to offer.
Butler is undertaking specialist training with her Capricorn Coast counterparts at the Ergon Energy Netball Academy Screening and Development Camp in Logan.
The Ergon Energy Netball Academy is in its fifth year of providing a development pathway for skilled young athletes, as well as coaches, umpires and administrators.
The Logan training sessions will act as a stepping stone for successful players to further representative honours in state teams.
Netball Queensland Sports Development manager Margaret Monaghan said the academy development camp was the jewel in the crown for the 144 athletes from the 12 regions in Queensland.
The weekend is a first selection trial for Netball Queensland state underage teams competing in 2012.
"The camp gives Ergon Energy Netball Academy athletes, coaches, umpires and administrators an opportunity to share and expand on their netball experiences," Margaret said.
In 2010 the Ergon Energy Netball Academy program proved to be a successful venture with 30 academy athletes making it to the Phase 2 selections. From there, eight netballers were selected for State Teams in 2011.
Meanwhile, Mission Queensland Firebird Laura Geitz is hitting the road in December to deliver her clinics in regional Queensland.
Kicking off in Rockhampton on December 17, Laura and a few of her Firebirds teammates will travel down the coast in what will be the Road Trip of the Summer, ending in Gympie on December 22.
During the week of fun, Laura will visit Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Biloela, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Gympie.
"Growing up in a regional area, I know that sometimes it's hard for young netballers to have access to their favourite netball stars and that's one of the reasons I will be hitting the road," Geitz said.
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